Monthly Archives: June 2021

Review: Steven Erikson – House of Chains (2002)

8/10 Series: Malazan Book of the Fallen #4 Of all the Malazan books so far, House of Chains feels the most like a middle book – wrapping up some storylines, introducing a bunch of stuff for the future, and generally … Continue reading

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The Crazy Story of Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Fitzcarraldo is a 1982 film made by Bavarian filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is one of multiple epic, grand films of his from the 1980s, most of them starring the German diva actor Klaus Kinski. Fitzcarraldo is a really fascinating one. … Continue reading

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Review: Isaac Asimov – Foundation and Earth (1986)

7/10 Foundation and Earth (1986) is pretty much a direct sequel to Foundation’s Edge (1982). In case you can’t remember how Foundation’s Edge ended, the entire first chapter is a retread of “what wacky thing did Golan Trevize decide in … Continue reading

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How To Make Your Own Epic Fantasy Series In 7 Easy Steps!

Let’s use the tropes of epic fantasy to bootstrap my mediocre imagination into the semblance of an epic fantasy trilogy. Step 1: Select Two Cultures From History For example: Medieval Europe Britisch Empire Russian Empire Ottoman Empire Mughal Empire Roman … Continue reading

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Review: K.J. Bishop – The Etched City (2003)

rating: conflicted/10 – maybe a 7.5/10 in the end. Positives and negatives are both in the extreme. Raule and Gwynn used to be revolutionaries, until the great general defeated them. Then they were hunted. Now, they are drifters, hiding, scraping … Continue reading

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